I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family! Christmas is my favorite time of year, but even I have to admit that it is a relief when all the stress of presents, traveling, and dinners are over. Now we just have to get through these last few days of school vacation and everything will be back to normal! (Easier said than done, I say as I prepare second breakfast for my children at 8 a.m… I swear they are on a meal plan straight from the Shire.)
Another thing to look forward to this week: “New Year, New Me” statuses. Now, I think New Year’s resolutions are a great thing, I just also know myself, and the fact that I fell off my daily yoga routine about 6 months ago is a problem that I doubt I will remedy fully by January 1st. I swear I’ll get back into it soon!! Just let me enjoy the rest of this Christmas candy for a little while longer…
So this week, as I pack up my decorations and spend an unreasonable amount of time opening and assembling toys, I’d like to present to you some resolutions that I feel are more manageable for myself, as they are all gaming related.
By Sean Epperson and Brander “Badger” Roullett
Published by 12 Things Games
The first thing I love about this dice chucking filler game is the size: it’s in one of those tins that fit in the palm of your hand. Right now, I have my copy in my purse just in case there’s a sudden urge to throw some dice around in the quest for the crown. And I might just have the urge to pull it out and play, because it’s fun.
Dice of Crowns, published in 2016, might have flown under your radar but don’t pass this one up if you have a crowd that likes light dice push your luck games with some take that (actually, a lot of “stabby, stabby,” as we started saying as we played) with some strategy decisions.
Interview by: James Freeman
Thing 12 games does 2 things very well, compact games and kickstarters. Sean Epperson was kind enough to give me some time to talk about kickstarters, games and.... FIFA 99?
Review By: Jillian Schmett
Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a new(ish) little filler game that has been getting to my table a lot, Kerala: The Way of the Elephant by Kristen Hiese and published by Kosmos. I can think of no better way to dive into this review than going on a mental journey right to Kerala itself so please close your eyes.. actually don't do that because you won't be able to read this.. but join me.
Review By: James Freeman
AVAST YE! (See how i worked that in right away) The Winds of Fate are blowing, and fortune favors the bold. There is treasure out there waiting to be plundered, and coffers to be filled. It just takes a Captain with the will and strength to grab it. The seas are full of dangerous monsters and rival Pirate Captains, but this moment is yours not theirs. Your sails are full, your ships are ready, and your sword is sharp. Time to sail the seas, and make your name!
Review By: Mindy Basi
There is no lack of social games in the marketplace lately. Especially secret identity party games. Designer Ta-Te Wu from Sunrise Tornado Game Studio is throwing his hat in the ring with their game coming up on Kickstarter January 3, Kung Pao Chicken. It’s a crowded space right now, with many excellent games. Is there room for one more?
Article By Jillian Schmett
It's my favorite time of year!
love the Holidays. It's a time for gathering with family and friends and enjoying each others' company. Traditionally, many families have always brought board games to the table during these gatherings (after cleaning off the delicious turkey, ham, or my personal all time favorite side dish-mashed potatoes... Mmmm... but I digress... Never blog on an empty stomach, people!)
Luckily for us, the options for games to accommodate large groups have drastically increased over recent years. While I will never say no to a rousing round of Charades or Pictionary while enjoying our after-dinner cocktails, many games are taking the basic concepts of those classics and expanding on them, and they're doing it well!
This week I thought I'd talk about games that work well with large groups of people that often will include a wide range of interests, age, and in the case of that one uncle that every family has, levels of sobriety.
In no particular order, here are ten games that I hope to be getting to play during the next few weeks.
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